The story that a second Chibok girl has been rescued by the Nigerian Army is good news Nigeria badly needs at these desperate times. I firmly believe that the rescue of the two Chibok girls will usher in the wind of joy, peace and prosperity that will blow away the sadness that has polluted the country. It is my hope. It is my wish. It is my prayer. Having said my prayers, I must express caution. This is not the time for the Buhari Presidency to abandon the girls, but to psychologically rehabilitate, offer accommodation, health and financial support. It is the least they should expect from the Federal government of Nigeria. – Jide Salu
A second schoolgirl from the more than 200 seized in the Nigerian town of Chibok has been found, the army says.
But a spokesman for the Chibok girls’ parents has cast doubt on the claims, saying that the girl’s name is not on the families’ list of those missing.
An army spokesman said Serah Luka was among a group of 97 women and children rescued by troops in the north-east.
Islamist militant group Boko Haram has abducted thousands of other girls in recent years, rights groups estimate.
This comes two days after the rescue of the first Chibok girl, Amina Ali Nkeki.
In its initial statement after Ms Nkeki was found, the army identified her by a different name.
In all, 218 girls remain missing after their abduction by the Boko Haram Islamist group from a secondary school in north-eastern Nigeria in 2014.
In a statement, Col Usman said: “We are glad to state that among those rescued is a girl believed to be one of the Chibok Government (Girls) Secondary School girls that were abducted on 14 April 2014 by the Boko Haram terrorists.”
“Her name is Miss Serah Luka, who is number 157 on the list of the abducted school girls. She is believed to be the daughter of Pastor Luka.
“During the operations, the troops killed 35 Boko Haram terrorists and recovered several arms and ammunitions and other items. In addition, they rescued 97 women and children held captives by the Boko Haram terrorists.”
Col Usman said the women and girls were found on Thursday in the Demboa area of Borno state.
Earlier on Thursday, the first Chibok girl found, Ms Nkeki, 19, was flown to the capital Abuja to meet President Muhammadu Buhari.
Mr Buhari said he was delighted she was back and could resume her education.
“But my feelings are tinged with deep sadness at the horrors the young girl has had to go through at such an early stage in her life,” he added.
Ms Nkeki and her four-month-old baby were found by an army-backed vigilante group in the huge Sambisa Forest, close to the border with Cameroon.
She was with a suspected member of the Boko Haram Islamist group who claimed to be her husband.